Free PeopleI'm not sure exactly when it happened (the 1980s? earlier?), but at some point ripped clothing became cool. Whether it's torn stockings, ripped jeans, or now, shredded leggings, something about "accidental" holes in garments is edgy, and makes it look like you don't care. Except that you do.
I remember wanting to buy some ripped jeans as a kid, and my mom looked at me like I was crazy. She joked that they charged extra for the rips, and said if I wanted to cut up an old pair or let it happen from normal wear-and-tear, fine. But no way was she buying me pre-ripped jeans. Now is the time when I'd like to say a much delayed "Thank you, mom!"
While browsing the latest wares from Free People, I came across a few really cute items, like this sequin skirt, but also these completely ridiculous tattered socks. They're described as "mid calf cotton blend socks with rips and tears throughout." Precisely the kind of socks we'd throw away! They're 85% cotton and cost $18, so I think it's safe to
Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
Free PeopleI'm not sure exactly when it happened (the 1980s? earlier?), but at some point ripped clothing became cool. Whether it's torn stockings, ripped jeans, or now, shredded leggings, something about "accidental" holes in garments is edgy, and makes it look like you don't care. Except that you do.Read More »from Fashion that makes us sad: $18 ripped socks
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Nov 13, 2009 2:05 AM EST
Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesIt seems like every generation has an "It" hairstyle that women run to their stylists trying to achieve. In the '70s it was Farrah Fawcett's feathered disco look. In the '90s, Jennifer Aniston popularized the "Rachel," a bouncy shag worn by the character she played on "Friends." No hairstyles have been as popular as these two styles in recent decades, but hair stylists are wondering if Blake Lively may change that.Read More »from Is the â€œBlakeâ€ the new â€œRachelâ€? â€œGossip Girlâ€ star has most coveted hairstyle
CW's drama "Gossip Girl," may be aimed at teens, but women of all ages have watched it since the beginning. The 22-year-old star, Blake Lively, plays Serena van der Woodsen, but their trendy style as well as their perfectly imperfect blonde locks are the same on-screen and off. There's not much to the hairdo, yet it always looks chic. Some face-framing layers, a subtle wave, softly curled ends, decent volume, and the slightest disheveled layer of frizz characterize the "Blake."
Stylists in salons across the city are seeing requests pour in for her look. Robert Gioria of
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Nov 12, 2009 8:28 PM EST
Earlier this year, Michelle Obama developed a fashion trademark--wearing a belt. While this sounds fairly normal over a blouse or dress, the first lady often chose to cinch her cardigans and jackets, wearing the belt high on her waist over the garments. Sometimes the resulting outfits were creative
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Nov 11, 2009 10:00 PM EST
Lady Gaga's new music video, "Bad Romance," debuted along with some of the star's most outrageous outfits yet. Nothing Gaga does or wears really shocks us anymore, but we're still fascinated with watching her up the ante both in her performances and her wardrobe. Check out these stills from "Bad Romance" and let us know if Gaga is keeping your attention or wasting your time.
Read More »from Lady Gaga pushes fashion limits again in new video... but are we tired of it?
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Nov 11, 2009 9:57 PM EST
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesLindsay Lohan's first collection as artistic advisor for Emanuel Ungaro received scathing reviews from many fashion critics, but we had yet to hear from Ungaro himself. Perhaps it would have been better for Lohan if he had kept his mouth shut, but instead he told all to an audience at the Estoril film festival in Lisbon, Portugal.Read More »from When celeb designers flub: Ungaro calls Lohanâ€™s collab â€œa disasterâ€
"Lindsay Lohan's collaboration was a disaster," said 76-year-old Ungaro. "I am furious but I can't do anything about it." The designer said that the label he built "is in the process of losing its soul." Many fashion houses have had other designers take over, but the appointment of Lindsay Lohan, a failing actress and creator of a leggings line, as advisor seemed rather hasty and unusual. "That happens to a lot of designers," continued Ungaro. "We were the creators and patrons, responsible for the creation and destiny of our houses. But when we gave up our houses, we gave up our souls."
There have been rumors that Lohan is not getting paid for her work as
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Nov 11, 2009 12:58 AM EST
A new poll by British retailer Debenhams has revealed that men have some very interesting habits when it comes to purchasing underwear. First off, guys let their moms buy their undies up until the age of 19. (In comparison, ladies begin buying their own panties by the time they're 13 years old.) From 19 to 23, men will buy up to 31 pairs of underwear a year on average. The poll infers this is because they are seeking out a partner and feel that being prepared with new boxers and briefs is part of the deal. Rolling with this theory, men's underwear shopping comes to an abrupt halt from 23 to 33 years old, because most guys are in relationships and rely on their partner to do the shopping.Read More »from New poll: guys only buy underwear if theyâ€™re dating someone new
"Our research shows that you can tell when a man is looking for a partner by the number of new underpants they buy for themselves," said Rob Faucherand, the Head of Men's Accessories Buying at Debenhams."If he buys more than 31 pairs every year then he's either still trying desperately to impress the
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Nov 10, 2009 9:01 PM EST
Geisy Arruda was initially expelled for the chaos she created when wearing this pink dress to class. Twenty-year-old tourism student Geisy Arruda created mass chaos at Bandeirante University when she wore this pink minidress and "heavy makeup," pictured at left, to school. About 700 fellow students began chanting and cursing at her, swarming the corridors, following her into the bathroom, and trying to take photos in between her legs. Some shouted outside her classroom, "Let her out Professor, we want to rape her." She was finally escorted out by police, and the school initially decided to expel her, going so far as to take out an ad in a paper saying her outfit and actions (they claim she was suggestive and carried herself provocatively) incited "a collective reaction in defense of the school environment."Read More »from Is wearing a short dress to school worthy of humiliation, harassment, and expulsion?
"I was the victim," said Arruda. "How can I be expelled? It's absurd." The university has since changed their mind. They now says she can return with a security escort, but Arruda is rightfully angered, upset, and worried about her well-being. Her lawyer said that in order for her
PhotoshopMany people object to magazines Photoshopping images of models and celebrities, but what about modifying your own photos? You may not like to see a Ralph Lauren model's waist airbrushed, but would you happily take a few inches off your own tummy if given the chance? Or what about making your hair look shinier, and your face a little less wrinkly? Then you could erase the big zit you had that day, enhance your cleavage, and make your lipstick a little more red. Wait, does that even look like you anymore?Read More »from Would you photoshop your own pictures?
Adobe's Photoshop program has been available to consumers for years, but only recently has it become more user friendly and accessible. Photoshop.com's mobile application now allows people with iPhones, the new Google phones, and smart phones like T-Mobile's MyTouch and the Motorola Droid to edit pictures directly on their devices. You can soften photos and adjust the colors immediately, and then set as a background or send to a friend.
While advertisements and magazines may be
Bread Shoes come in a variety of designs and dough recipes.We love putting on some comfy slippers to keep our feet toasty in the winter, but what about a pair made out of actual bread? Twin brothers and designers R&E Praspaliauskas have made a collection of slippers made out of pumpernickel, sesame, whole wheat, and Italian bread. Here's how the designers describe their products:Read More »from What the world doesnâ€™t need: Edible slippers
"That's right, boys and girls! Put some romance in your "loaf" life! Edible… dries itself… made from bread… first in fashion… needs no pressing…feels good in dry climate… won't sag."
A pair of pumpernickle slippersIf you're interested, Bread Shoes are available in many sizes and bread types. While the slippers do look pretty cool, and may make a funny gag gift, would you ever actually wear them? Or eat them? Or eat them after you wear them?! Ew. [Inventor Spot]
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Nov 6, 2009 10:01 PM EST
Michelle Obama in a Chanel inspired coat from White House, Black MarketWith the fashion industry and our wallets suffering during this recession, it's tempting to pass up designer items for more affordable, identical knockoffs. Unfortunately, this type of spending will only further hurt the industry, with copyright lawsuits and the big brands we love to buy--or at least admire from afar--losing money.Read More »from Why designer-inspired looks are better than direct knockoffs
There is a difference between a direct copy and an inspired item. Instead of buying a cheaply made, unlined fake Gucci bag where the "Gs" face the wrong way, why not find a bag in a similar hobo shape with the same green and red stripe design?
Topshop cardiganMichelle Obama spoke to students at the Energy Department yesterday wearing a black and white jacket (pictured above), which is very clearly in the vein of Chanel. I've always loved this classic look, with the trim and four pockets, and just last week purchased this cardigan with a nautical twist from Topshop. Sure, it may not be Chanel, but paired with black slacks and some faux pearls you can emulate the iconic